Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that issues between India and Pakistan should be resolved and urged the US to play its role in normalising ties between the two countries. Talking to media after his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry here, the Prime Minister said that India was hesitating to resolve the Kashmir issue bilaterally.
He said if India was not willing to include third force in resolving the Kashmir issue then the US would have to play its role in bringing the situation normal in the region. The Prime Minister said that peace in Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan and the region.
He said Pakistan wanted to talk to Afghan Peace Council to maintain peace in the region, adding that the improved relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan should not be derailed. The Prime Minister termed the US policy of discontinuation of drone strikes in Pakistan appreciable and said it must be continued. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday met US Secretary of State John Kerry and their meeting was held on the sidelines of the two-day nuclear Summit. US Secretary of State said his country has great confidence in Pakistan’s nuclear security and will continue to work with Pakistan in fighting terrorism. In brief remarks to the press he also assured co-operation to Pakistan to help meet its energy needs.
Kerry said the two countries were “deeply engaged” and said the two sides will focus on the issue of terrorism, counter terrorism, global energy besides Afghanistan and the bilateral Pakistan-United States relations. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said there were a lot of challenges for his government that came into power nine months back, however measures were afoot to address these. He also mentioned his meeting with US President Barack Obama a few months ago in Washington DC and said the dialogue with the US will continue.
Kerry mentioned his meeting in Washington with the Adviser to Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz recently and said he was looking forward to his meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar soon. The Prime Minister is accompanied by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Syed Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.
“We have great confidence in Pakistan’s nuclear security,” Kerry said after a meeting with the Prime Minister on the sidelines of Third International Nuclear Security Summit. Kerry said Pakistan-US working group on nuclear proliferation is working and strategic dialogue between the two countries are continuing. He vowed to extend assistance to Pakistan in dealing with the menace of terrorism.
The prime minister said Pakistan is an important US partner in the war against terrorism and because of it the country is facing economic and other challenges. He said to confront these challenges, the US and the international community must extend assistance to Pakistan. He said the Pakistani government on its part was taking effective steps to overcome the difficulties and was confident that these problems would be addressed.
Nawaz described Kerry as a sincere friend of Pakistan who always played his role to help Pakistan. Both the leaders discussed bilateral relations and the scheduled withdrawal of ISAF forces from Afghanistan by the end of this year. They also exchanged views on situation in the region and war on terrorism.